I Finally Found It!

You’re probably wondering what I found, aren’t you? Or maybe you remember that all spring I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck these were?

Funky Seed Pod

Funky Seed Pod

Well, today I have finally figured it out. This flower, right here, is the culprit.

Common Hounds Tongue

Common Hounds Tongue

I have posted this flower recently but I didn’t look more closely at it at the time. But today, I found this:

The Nutlets

The Nutlets

Yes! I have finally figured out that these little nodules/seed pods are called nutlets and that they belong to the Common Hounds Tongue flower. It took months of searching to figure out what these puppies were but I found it!

I’m so excited! The mystery is solved. I can now move on…or maybe I’ll just take more photo cause they are pretty cool looking.

The White Ones

Today’s post is short and sweet. I have little energy to put back into the computer after a full day of staring at it for work. So, I give you my white flowers from today’s neighbourhood walk. First up, the white Rock cress flowers. 

Rockcress

Rock cress

My second flower is the dandelion. Now, you must be thinking – the dandelion is yellow not white. But one of my favourite things about dandelions is they go from such a vibrant yellow to a fluffy white. And it seems as though they do it overnight. Do you ever see their in between stage? Is there one? 

Dandelion

Dandelion

From this stage the seeds detach and ride the wind to their new destination in hopes of finding a new home. 

Blooming Helicopters

I’ve done a little more research and I’ve realized that those red maple buds, with those red petal-like things, are actually the seeds. Or what I like to call “the helicopters”. 

Red Maple Seeds

Red Maple Seeds

You can see in the photograph above that the leaves are there but they are not where/what I thought they were. There’s so much to learn about nature.

Shrivelled

Shriveled

Further down the creek path, I spotted these dried up berries. I don’t know what plant they belong to but it’s neat to see their translucent skin and the seeds inside them. I wonder what they look like when they are plump and in their prime.

Grape Hyacinthe

Grape Hyacinth

At home, the grape hyacinths are starting to grow. They are still small and so very cute. These are some of my favourite flowers. I wish they stuck around longer but they are only around for a short time.

Another Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

At the beginning of my walk today I noticed a couple of birds flying in and out of this very tall birdhouse. The macro lens is not the tool for this job but I thought it was an interesting viewpoint from way down below. With a little cropping and adding some clouds to the cloudless sky, I created the photo below.

Bird House

Bird House

From here I focused on finding macro shots, that is what my challenge to myself is after all. I have been taking lots of macro photos but they haven’t been that great so that’s why you are seeing such a mix of shots photographed with the105mm macro lens.

Seed pods

Seed pods

I keep coming across interesting seed pods and I wonder what the heck they look like in full bloom. The seeds in the photo above reminded me of these creatures from an original Star Trek episode (Operation–Annihilate). I wonder what kind of plant it is and what it looks like in summer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to recognize it to take a photo.

Leaf in BW

Leaf in BW

I found this dried leaf that has somehow wrapped itself around its stem and still kept curling in on itself. It really popped when I decided to change it to a black and white image. Sometimes taking the colour out of an image can make an image you thought was too busy or just not that great into something that you love.